The 2020 coronavirus pandemic has exposed the fatal weaknesses in our democratic, economic, and social institutions. We are living in a historic moment, and we will be the generation that lives with the consequences of a burning world and uncertain economy.If we want to fight for a liveable future, we need to reimagine what our democracy--and more broadly, our world-- will look like for future generations.

The big question:

When we emerge from this crisis, what do you want our democracy, and more broadly, our world to look like after Covid-19? To participate in this contest, answer this question in your medium of choice and follow our contest guidelines below.


1st place in each category (Poetry/Prose, Multimedia/Music,Visual Art): min. $200

2nd place in each category: min. $100

3rd place in each category: min. $50

*We are actively raising money to increase the prize money and support young artists impacted by covid-19 in with our Artists for Democracy Fund.

Why we are doing this:

Art has always had a special role in resistance movements with its unique ability to shift perspective and add new points of view. We want to support young artists during this time of economic crisis and provide a platform to showcase their vision for their democracy and world.

Who is eligible to participate:

16-25 year olds, residing in the United States.



  • Poetry: 4-20 lines
  • Short story or essay: 500 words +/- 50


  • Video: 30 seconds to 2 minutes
  • Song: 30-60 second

Visual Art:

  • This can be a painting, poster, comic, graphic art or drawing. To submit a virtual piece, please upload a clear picture or digital file.

Group submissions are allowed but they must be under one name for ease of contact. It is up to the group to split the prize should they win.


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Our Judges:

Our judges include artists across a variety of mediums who’ve made contributions in their community and foster civic engagement through their art. We are thrilled to work with the following talented artists for our first virtual art competition…

Regie Gibson

Literary Performer, actor & educator, Regie Gibson, has lectured & performed in the U.S., Cuba & Europe. Representing the U.S. in Italy, Regie competed for & received both the Absolute Poetry Award in Monfalcone & The Europa in Versi Award in LaGuardia di Como. He’s received a Mass Cultural Council Poetry Award, is a Brother Thomas Fellow & has received two Live Arts Boston Grants to develop his first play, The Juke: A Blues Bacchae. He has composed texts for The Boston City Singers, The Mystic Chorale and Boston’s Handel+Haydn Society. He performs regularly with Atlas Soul: a world music ensemble & Shakespeare to Hip-Hop: an education & performance program integrating classical and modern texts into English curriculums.

Marie E. Saint-Cyr

Marie received a BFA in Fine Arts and a minor in Art History from the Fashion Institute of Technology. In 2018, Marie participated in The Downtown Brooklyn Arts Management Fellowship, a collaboration between four prominent Brooklyn arts and culture organizations: where she learned about core areas of arts management, including Development, Marketing/Community Engagement, Education, Curatorial/Programming, Production/Tech, and Administration/Finance.

As a Haitian immigrant, Marie was deeply impacted by various art cultural organizations, through their free workshops and educational programs. These experiences not only enabled her to learn to express herself through art, but she also became very interested in the work it takes to make these programs happen. Saint-Cyr Art Studio was born out of Marie’s passion for Art, Education, Business and her desire to give back to her community. When Marie is not painting or facilitating art programs, she can be found backpacking through countries and trying out new food.

Alex Cohen

Alex Cohen is the creator and illustrator behind Tiny Snek Comics, the popular animal-themed webcomic that features the exploits of snakes, birds, possums, and sloths (among other critters), alongside a healthy dose of progressive politics. A native of Tucson, Arizona, Alex works as a Research and Program Associate at the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law, where he helps research constitutional change. While not an artist by trade or by training, Alex has been a notebook doodler his whole life, and over the last few years, his work has spread widely across the Internet and reached an audience of millions.

If you have any questions, please email our Organizing Director, Ramya Gopalakrishnan at rgopalakrishnan@genvote.org